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Laura Rahn is a 4th grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School in Purcellville, VA.
March Madness & Social Studies
In our Social Studies class, we are studying famous Virginians. To help students connect current events and our core content, we ran a March Madness Famous Virginian tournament using Edmodo polls.
George Washington v. Jack Jouett (the Paul Revere of Virginia)
Our teachers have created a bracket system and each day a few new matchups are posted for the students to vote on. It started with our first matchup – George Washington vs. Jack Jouett (the Paul Revere of Virginia) and this week we are down to the “final match” between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Voting will close on Friday afternoon, as we unveil our Most Valuable Virginian!
During the tournament students are encouraged to write replies under each poll convincing others to vote for a specific Virginian. Each reply includes a persuasive statement about the reason that they voted as they did.
The bracket is also displayed in our hallway to generate interest and dialogue among the students and also students of other grade levels.
Preparing for State Assessments in May
This activity has provided students with a fun and solid review of the Virginians that we have already learned about this year, as well as a pre-teaching activity for Virginians that have yet to be cover.
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